Projects

Changing Hearts and Minds? Why media messages designed to foster empathy often fail

Politicians and social activists frequently employ media designed to ``change hearts and minds'' by humanizing outgroups. These messages, it is assumed, lead to empathy, which motivates individuals to reconsider punitive policy attitudes...

Latent Affective States: How to find them, and why they matter

In this project, we highlight affect's key role in motivation and illustrate the utility of using Latent Profile Analysis as a means to identify the four distinct affective states we argue are relevant to motivation...

Motive Attribution and Counter-Terror Policy

This project investigates how reported perceptions about terrorists’ motives for violence influence citizens’ attitudes towards counter-terrorism...

Self-Image Maintenance Motivation (SIMM) and outgroup prejudice

This paper introduces a measure created in social psychology for other purposes that we suggest measures one of the key processes motivating outgroup discrimination, and as such should explain variation in individuals’ standing tendencies to oppose outgroups. The measure we propose is a measure of an individual’s Self-Image Maintenance Motivation (SIMM)....